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By MacPherson, Mary
Change in New Zealand society, seen in small towns throughout the North and South Islands, is the subject of Mary Macpherson's Old New World photographic book and touring exhibition. The in-depth study by Wellington-based photographer Mary Macpherson took seven years of travel ar...ound New Zealand to create. Lopdell House Gallery in Auckland has published the 96 page hardback book. It will be launched on 14 June 2012 with an exhibition of over 40 images of Macpherson's work to coincide with the Auckland Festival of Photography. The striking colour photographs feature buildings, houses, statues and murals to tell the story of a shift from the remains of the traditional New Zealand of the 1950s and 60s to places of boom and prosperity that look very different to our remembered past. Within that major story arc, I wanted to show the major social and economic trends I saw over the seven years - towns painting up the main street to attract custom and celebrate their identity, places that remained resolutely themselves and those that were heading into decline, said Mary Macpherson.Read more
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The opening photograph of The Long View; Takarunga - Mount Victoria Devonport provides a diorama view of the Auckland isthmus - an elevated view of the city that is being explored throughout the series. Capturing Silo Park, Victoria St West and Myer's Park, Macpherson's work feat...ures a plethora of billboards, construction sites and hoardings - symbols of change, as well as a nod to the civic past and present.Read more
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